16th LS tryst part 3; Bye Cong, says Modi; Rahul blasts Guj model
Barring scattered violence, polling for 91 Lok Sabha constituencies in 11 states and three UTs remained peaceful with heavy turnout as top rung leaders intensified their campaign in other parts of the nation, weathering heat and hostile attacks by rivals.
In Munger, two CRPF personnel were killed and six wounded, four seriously, in a landmine blast triggered by Naxalites.
The attack took place this morning in the verdant Ganka forests under Kharagpur police station.
District Magistrate N K Singh said the securitymen were on way to conduct polling at a booth.
Eight security personnel, he said, were injured in the blast of which two died in due course to the treatment.
In Jammu, workers of Peoples Democratic Party and Congress clashed this morning outside a polling station in Udhampur-Poonch constituency. One man was injured. A police official told
UNI that the clash occurred in Gursai area of Mendhar tehsil.
Extremists burnt EVMs late last night, leading to disruption of polling in four booths in Mathali in Odisha's Maoist-dominated Malkangiri district.
The rebels had given a poll boycott call and threatened to cut off the fingers of those who cast their vote. Election officials collated data for the voter turnout. The Nehru-Gandhi family Sonia, Rahul and Varun and Arvind Kejriwal exercised their franchise in NCR Delhi, where seven seats were at stake.
They monitored reports pouring in from the constituencies which went to polls.
Ms Priyanka Gandhi made her choice at the Lodhi estate booth along with hubby Robert Vadra.
In Jamshedpur, Narendra Modi said it was high time to say tata to Congress rule.
Addressing a rally at Gopal Maidan, the BJP pm candidate said the time was right to realise Mahatma Gandhi's advice that Congress should be disbanded after Independence.
At Panchakulguri, Darjeeling, Modi slammed the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress government for harbouring 'vote bank politics' and urged the people to bring 'real poriborton.'
'The people have been disappointed with this poriborton which stinks of scams and vote bank politics,' he told a rally in favour of the party's Darjeeling nominee SS Ahluwalia.
Congress No.2 Rahul Gandhi flew to Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan, and played 'farmers card', highlighting the UPA Government's pro-peasant initiatives and branded BJP as anti-agriculturist, asking people to defeat their much-hyped 'Gujarat Model'.
At an election meeting this afternoon, Rahul sought to differentiate between Congress and its rivals and hit back at the saffron party and Modi for 'being pro elite and having double speak on contentious issues including corruption.'
In another development, Modi admitted that he is married and Jasoda Ben is his wife. He had made the disclosure in his nomination paper filed yesterday for Vadodra Lok Sabha seat.
The Supreme Court had earlier ruled that the column of marital status of a candidate cannot be left blank and the nomination can be rejected on its basis. Congress had alleged that he Modi had concealed his bethrotal.
His elder brother has said Modi was married to Jasoda Ben at a very young age and later on, when he joined RSS, he virtually renunciated his home and married life.
Unfazed by the turmoil on his controversial post 'Kargil' remark, Samajwadi Party leader Mohammad Azam Khan appealed to the people to avenge murderers of Muzzafarnagar.
Addressing a rally in Sambhal last evening, the senior UP minister asked the people to vote to defeat 'fascist' forces.ar.
In Moradabad, Samajwadi Party chieftain Mulayam Singh Yadav demanded a review of the new anti-rape law in the country. 'Rape me kya phansi di jayagi? Larko se galti ho jati hai.Hamari Sarkar ayegi to kanoon me badlav hoga(How can youths be given capital punishment in rape. Youngsters tends to make mistakes.
'If our government comes the new anti-rape law would be amended),' he said during an election meeting at Jama Masjid Ground in Moradabad city in support of SP candidate Dr S T Hasan. Various parties deplored the statement.
In an allusion to the recent sentence to three youths in the Mumbai photo journalist gangrape case, Mulayam asked how could rape accused be given capital punishment on the statement of the victim.
(Posted on 10-04-2014)